VPRO/Boy Edgar Prize for saxophonist Ferdinand Povel
Tenor saxophone player and music teacher Ferdinand Povel 1947 has won the 2011 VPRO/Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for jazz and improvised music. The winner receives a sculpture by Jan Wolkers and a sum of 12,500 euros.
The jury said that Povel is "a refined stylist who links an appealing sound to a flowing, melodious style of performing solos. His improvisations are clearly structured and accessible, without losing their spirit of adventure."
The jury said that Mr Povel's talent has not gone unnoticed abroad. The 63-year-old tenor saxophonist has played with jazz greats Sarah Vaughan en Dexter Gordon. In addition to being an artist, Ferdinand Povel is also teaches jazz improvisation at the Amsterdam academy of music. According to the jury, Povel has also earned the prize because of the successful artists he has 'turned out' over the past years.
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